Friday, September 19, 2014 Elul 24, 5774

By:
Shai Franklin
So the Obama administration has affirmed its decision not to participate in the April 2009 Durban Review Conference, which will revisit the dubiously named 2001 World Conference Against Racism. We can take a deep breath and realize: The U.S. government engaged multilaterally, and the sky did not fall. In fact, there were dividends for Washington -- and even for Jerusalem...
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Greater Philadelphia Has a Stake in School's Health I'm responding to David Magerman's opinion piece ("Decision to Reject School Merger: Loyalty, Yes, but a Sound Move?" March 12), in which he questions the financial wisdom of keeping the Saligman Middle School open. As one of the leaders who worked to avoid the unification of Saligman with the Barrack Hebrew Academy,...
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President Barack Obama acted not a moment too soon in lifting the Bush-era restrictions on human embryonic stem-cell research. His executive order gives new hope to those who suffer from Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's and other chronic conditions that scientists believe could benefit from such research. Stem-cell research is one of the few issues that bring together Jews of all denominations...
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Middle-School Quandary: When Did Issues Begin? Concerning your cover story, "Middle School Saved as Merger Deal Comes Undone in the 11th Hour" (March 5), this is the essence of what the board of directors of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman Jewish Day School was selling last Tuesday night: Because our existing middle school is in the red for $200,000, we're...
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Top Diplomat's Words and Actions Proved Anything but 'Helpful'
By:
Lori Lowenthal Marcus
In her first Middle East visit as secretary of state, Hillary Rodham Clinton called the establishment of a Palestinian state "inescapable," and labeled as "unhelpful" Israel's planned demolition of illegal Arab Palestinian construction, closing of border crossings to a terrorist entity and expanding construction in land acquired through a defensive war. In what was termed a "new path," the Clinton...
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